Mother Earth News Fair and a Manna Pro Giveaway

June 6, 2012

I have just returned from attending the Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup, Washington.  It was a blast!  Sometimes things just work out.  I had planned to visit my sister in Washington at the same time as the fair.  When I discovered that Manna Pro was sponsoring the fair, I reached out and told them I was going to be in town at the same time.  Graciously, we were all invited to attend the fair as guests.

Saturday morning arrived and the rain clouds were just letting up for the day.  Sunshine was in the forecast and I could not wait to attend some of the 150 workshops of the weekend.

There were exhibitors, vendors, a Mother Earth News Bookstore with book signings, demonstrations, food, a poultry show and wonderful lectures.  I had the pleasure of experiencing lectures by Ed Begley Jr., one on natural beekeeping and one on gardening with backyard chickens.  All were excellent.

Alpacas are very popular in Washington State.  We watched as some alpacas and sheep were sheered during a demonstration.  This one is called a “teddy bear”.

Goat milking demonstrations were scheduled throughout the day and a local beekeepers’ association was present with an observation hive and local honey.

Outside, Community Chickens sponsored a local poultry show.  It was early and many of the cages were still vacant.

However, I did find some sweet Silkies…
and cooking demonstrations.

An amazing woodworking and blacksmith shop was also set up outside.

The kids were able to use century old drilling tools.

Clay oven demonstrations too were available as well as many other vendors willing to share their secrets and talents of living off the land.

Of course, I was reminded by my sister’s family that a trip to the fairground would not be complete without a taste of a Washington Fair tradition since 1911.  Filled with warm berry jam, my Fisher scone was buttery savory, and simply delicious.

Finally I reached the Manna Pro booth.  It was hopping with fair attendees.  The booth was so busy that over six employees were there to educate people about goats, chickens, horses and rabbits.  One of my favorite things about this company is their dedication to education as well as providing top-notch quality products.

While there, I decided to pick up a tote bag for my fans.  I could not attend the fair without thinking of you all.  I was excited to get home and fill it with Manna Pro goodies to giveaway.
The Manna Pro Tote Bag Giveaway

comes filled with an assortment of Manna Pro Products
Poultry Protector
Harvest Delight
Limited Edition Egg Cartons (5)
A Chick T-Shirt (M)
Water Protector
Scaly Leg Protector
Grow Your Own tote
Here is how you can enter to win!

1. You must leave a comment on this blog for entry. Only comments here on this blog post will be accepted as an entry. Be sure to leave an email address so that we can contact you if you do not have a blog. (1 entry) If you are doing any of the below actions to increase your number of entries, please let us know in your comment.

2. In your comment, let me know which Manna Pro product is your favorite (1 entry)

3. Visit The Happy Homesteader on Facebook and tell the Tilly’s Nest sent you.  Remind me in your comment please.  (1 entry)

4. Become a follower of this blog (1 entry).   Current fans will already qualify for this entry, again please remind me in your comment.

FYI: Comments are moderated so they will not appear immediately upon your posting them.

Good luck and thanks for entering!

This contest ends on Tuesday, June, 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm East Coast Time.
Items ship to US address only. One entry per person.


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77 thoughts on “Mother Earth News Fair and a Manna Pro Giveaway”

  1. hi, i already follow your blog πŸ™‚ and already like the happy homesteader, but I swung over there anyways and left a comment :)) My favorite manna pro product would be the oyster shell, I buy them all the time.
    Caprese Parks

  2. I would love to win the Manna Pro Tote. I love all their products! And so do my 4 girls.

    I went to Homesteader facebook, liked and left a comment that Tilly's Nest sent me.

    I am already a fan of Tilly and all your girls on Facebook.

    Deborah in Atlanta.

  3. Glad to see you're back! You have been missed. My personal Mana Pro favorite is their Gamebird/Showbird feed. I feed it to my hens during the winter to fill them up and boy does it work! They go through less feed when I give them the Showbird feed. I have liked The Happy Homesteader page and I alreay follow your blog, I believe that grants me 4 entries. Thanks for the giveaway, can't wait to see who wins.

  4. First of all… thank you for sharing your trip to my lovely state! im glad it didnt rain the whole time! second….. oh my gosh! the scones are AWESOME arent they!? LOVE them!

    That grown your own tote, is awesome!

    I joined the happy homesteader on fb, and let me thank you again for directing me to another great site!

    And of course…. im already a fallower! πŸ˜‰


  5. MUST get an Alpaca, that one is so cute! My fav Manna Pro product is the chick grit and feed-I used it quite a bit with my babies. I liked Happy Homesteader on fb (and told them Tilly sent me), and am a fan of your page. Thanks! Chel-

  6. I'm new to backyard chicken raising and as of yet have not tried any of the Manna Pro products (am currently using DuMor chick starter/grower)but will definately investigate Manna Pro. I've liked them on FB so I can learn a little more about them through there (and yes I told them Tilly's Nest sent me!) and I've become an official follower of yours (I check this blog everyday, just never signed up before now). I love your blog and have learned a lot from it. Thanks for having this blog so us "newbies" have somewhere to turn for answers to our questions! Oh, I almost forgot my email address is

  7. My favorite Manna Pro product is the Poultry Protector! I use it during every coop cleaning. I liked The Happyhomsteader on Facebook and told them you sent me. I am also a follower of the blog. πŸ™‚ Thanks for another great giveaway!

  8. Thank you so much I have learned a ton and really enjoy all of Tilly's nest. I stoped by the happy homesteader and told them you sent me like you suggested. I love so many of the Manna pro products. I just purchased for the ladies Flock Fuel, Poultry Protector and 2 bags of Harvest Delight Treats. I keep one bag in the barn and the other in my car. When I come home at night the girls RUN to greet me and I'm toast if I do not produce a treat.

  9. This event was only a few minutes from my house. My dad was over building an addition to our coop for the chicks or I might have gone. Next time!

    But I can leave a comment on here with my e-mail address julieross37 at gmail dot com (1), I'm new at homesteading so I'm not too familiar with Manna Pro YET but that chicken treat ball looks like something my chickens would flip over (2), I've liked The Happy Homestead (3) and I follow you (4). πŸ˜€

  10. sounds like the fair was awesome and all had a good time. I just tried to leave a post on the happy homesteader's page but FB wouldn't let me post there. I raise a lot of chicks and with every new batch of hatchlings I feed manna pro's medicated chick starter. We've had problems with young chicks in the past but since we started using their medicated chick starter it's pretty well done a turnaround and we don't have near as many problems now. Now if I could just teach those chicks to clean their own little bottoms when they get dirty………LOL

  11. Wow! What a generous giveaway! I don't have my chickens yet, but we will be getting them this summer and this package would be a great starter for us. That scaly leg protector sounds like a something I would love. I'm so worried about my (soon to be) chickens getting sick.
    PS – I'm a follower!
    PPS – I visited Happy Homesteader.
    anetemso {at} gmail {dot} com

  12. I am also new to the chicken world. I really appreciate your blog – the good information and all of your great pictures. I have not tried any manna pro products as I am such a newbie, except for calf manna, which has little to do with chickens! Thank you for the chance to win this manna pro package!

  13. Hi Tilly!
    Please let your momma know that I stopped by the Happy Homesteader and told them you sent me, that I am a Tilly's Nest subscriber, and that all of us in Jenn's flock LOVE Manna Pro's Coop β€˜N Compostβ„’ Coop Odor Neutralizer! (She loves it too, because it makes the resulting compost more available to her tomatoes!)
    My best,
    Nashoba Farm's "Alpha Hen"

  14. Wow! you came a long way to our local Mother Earth Fair! I went last year with my best friends, but it looks bigger and better this year…I wish we had gone again.

    We've had chickens just over 2 years, and they still don't have a treat ball yet! My email is

  15. I hope i can win one of these! My favorite manna pro product is the harvest delight treats.I visited the happy homesteader. I am also a fan of your blog

  16. Hi tillysnest!
    I went over the happy homesteader and told them you sent me. I am already a fan of your blog. my favorite manna pro product is the harvest delight teats.

  17. Hi Melissa!
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway! My favorite Manna Pro product is the Harvest Delight Treats. I visited the Happy Homesteader Facebook page and let them know you sent me. I am a fan of your blog

  18. Went to and 'like' Happy Homesteader. I am always on the lookout for tips and ideas for our chickens and our starting garden.

    *Not sure if the first comment went through. Sorry if this posts twice.

  19. i would love to win this awesome giveaway. My fave of the Manna Pro is the Harvest Delight. Visited the happy homesteader and am a fan of ur blog

  20. GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE not to be rude or anything.

    (1),i would love to try that chicken treat ball it looks like something my chickens would flip over (2), I've liked The Happy Homestead (3) and I follow you

  21. i would love to win this awesome prize! I AM a follower of you awesome blog. I stopped by the happy homesteader and told them you sent me. I love so many of the Manna pro products that it is hard to decide.

  22. I wanna win this so badly. this is my favorite product from manna pro.I visited the Happy Homesteader I am a fan of your blog

  23. I have always loved going to fairs and seeing all the animals as well as the great food πŸ™‚ I love Manna Pro products too and so far I love the chick feed– I am new to chicks so haven't tried any other products yet—-(I do have alot of the products but havent used them yet )
    I am a Big fan of your blog and read it as much as poosible . I also stopped by the Happy Homesteader's FB page and let them know you sent me over..

  24. Calf manna! I "liked" the Homestead page as well. AND signed up for your blog. Didn't make it to the Mother Earth fair, but going to the National Heirloom vegetable Expo in the fall πŸ™‚ Very excited about that! Love your chickens…

  25. I hope to go to the Mother Earth event in Pa. later this year….Looks great..! Love all the Manna Pro stuff…Poultry Protector worked for me..

  26. That fair looks like so much fun!!!! I would have loved to see the Alpaca demonstration. I have been wanting to try the Poultry Protector, so my fingers are crossed for the win.

  27. Wish I could have attended the fair! I stopped by The Happy Homesteader on Facebook and told them you sent us! Also my go to is the Poultry Protector!

  28. It looks like you had a great time.

    I like the chick starter, since I have babies. I went to the Happy Homesteader and I already follow this blog.

    Thank you for all of the information

  29. What a nice giveaway! I'm excited for this one. It's hard to pick just one Manna Pro favorite, but Harvest Delight is definitely at the top of the list. I'm already a follower of the Happy Homesteader and your blog. Both are so informative and fun to read.

  30. I receive the Mother Earth newsletters and have been curious about what they have at their events. You have made it look well worth the time and effort of going.

  31. Thanks for sharing your visit to the Mother Earth News Fair. I think there's one near here (Pennsylvania) in the fall. After seeing all the fun you had maybe I'll attend.
    My favorite Manna Pro product would be their oyster shell. It helps give my girls that extra calcium for strong shells.
    Thank you for sending me to the Happy Homesteader's pg.
    And of course I'm a follower of your blog!!!

  32. Harvest delight is my favorite Manna Pro product! I have subscribed to your blog feed. Is that the same as being a follower? πŸ™‚ And I'm heading to Happy Homesteader on FB to tell them you sent me. It sounds like a cool page. Thanks for the fair report. I live in Washington State and I've had the scones at the Puyallup Fair. They're the best!

  33. Chick starter is my favorite manna pro product, since it's the only thong I've had the chance to use, since I've just got started with chicks. I went to the Happy homesteader on fb and told them you sent me. I follow this blog, and follow you on pinterest. Thank you so much for this blog. I love it!!
    Angie Burkhart

  34. Im already your blog fan!!!
    ..My email address is
    ..Id have to say harvest delight :O but also buy chick starter everytime we have babies!! Thanks for a chance to win!!!
    -Donna Rogers

  35. Great post! Wish I was their! My favorite manna pro product is teir water protector, I told the peeps at The Happy Homesteader that you sent me, am already a follower of your blog, and have commented on this blog post! (obviously, LOL)

  36. Wow!Lucky you!! Glad you had a good time at the Fair. My favorite Manna Pro product is the Oyster Shell Calcium. We feed it to our chickens. I visited the Happy Homesteader on Facebook. Thank you for sharing! πŸ™‚ I liked them, and told them that you sent me. I am now following your blog by email. My email is Thank you for sharing!! πŸ™‚


  37. Hi, Love Manna Pro. Harvest Delight is the girl's favorite. I liked Happy Homesteader and let them know Tilly's Nest sent me. Also, I am a devoted follower of both your blog and facebook page.

  38. I'm new to chicken-raising! I have 5 BArred Rock girls who are 3months old. I'm following your blog- thank you for all of the helpful info and beautiful pictures!! My favorite manna pro product s coop n compost odor neutralizer. My Emil is

  39. Hello,
    Okay, this is really exciting and I never seem to win anything, so here it goes;
    1) My favorite Manno Pro product is Poultry Protector. I use it all the time in and around the coop.
    2)Visited 'The Happy Homesteader' and let them know you sent me.
    3)I am a loyal follower…….and……
    4)Leaving a comment, of course. LOL!
    What a fun post and thank you for such a nice giveaway.

  40. Thanks for this great give-away and the time you give in keeping up this blog…

    1) I am new to chicken raising and my girls are 10 weeks tomorrow. They have had small trips outside but are still living in the sunroom as the hardware cloth is not up on there run/coop. We live in the a downtown area. I have not tried Poultry Protector but it looks like it would be my favorite. I never gave the girls medicated feed and have introduced the them to the outside bug world slowly.
    2)Visited 'The Happy Homesteader' and gave them your name.
    3)I love following your blog!
    4)Comment above. Check. πŸ™‚

    2-easter eggers, 2-plymouth rocks, 1-silver and 1-gold wyandotte, 1-orpington

  41. This is my first time raising chickens. My girls are now 4 months old and getting bigger every day. Each time I clean the coop, I spray Poultry Protector. So far, so good!
    I also visited The Happy Homesteader and friended them on Facebook.
    I would love to win all those goodies.


  42. I am an avid follower of your blog and love it! So excited when Opal was chosen "Chicken of the Day"! We have not tried Manna products but would love to! Looking forward to following the Happy Homesteader as I just friended them on Facebook. We used to live in Plymouth, Mass and miss it so much! We visited the Cape often and loved the tranquility of it in the "off-season"! But the excitement of it during the "in-season" was so wonderful! Thanks for entering us in your contest!

    Jean and John

  43. I just love fairs! I recently started using Poultry Protector on my flock and it is great. I visited the Happy Homesteader and liked them and left a message and I signed up to follow your blog. Some great info here! Thanks

  44. I would love to win the tote! I have been raising chickens for the last nine years. My forty plus chickens would love parts of the tote as would I. I dont know that the tee-shirt would fit any of my birds so I would have to keep it for myself.:) I would love the leg protector as my Polish crested seem to love to get the scaley leg issues.

    val tilley

  45. what a great prize package! The fair looked like it was very informative and a wonderful time. We just got our first six chicks delivered one week ago today!! They are so cute and fun- my husband and I are putting the finishing touches on their coop this weekend. I can't wait until they see their new home!!

  46. Hi!

    1.A vacation involving chickens and family! Wonderful! I love it! My email is

    2.My favorite product is the Harvest Delight πŸ™‚

    3.I visited the Happy Homesteader and told them Tilly's Nest sent me πŸ™‚

    4. I do already follow your blog and love that I signed up for notifications of new posts!

    Thank you for doing contests, always fun. Praying for Tilly and you and your family.

    Pam in Janesville

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